Vital Signs for Nurses. An Introduction to Clinical Observations

  • ID: 2224051
  • Book
  • 280 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Monitoring, observing and recording the vital signs of patients is a fundamental aspect of delivering quality patient care. This practical and accessible guide will develop your underpinning knowledge and skills in both theory and practice for the adult patient found either in hospital, private sector or community settings.

A must–have for health care assistants, student nurses or newly qualified registered nurses working within any health care environment, this book explores not only how to assess and monitor patients, but also covers:

  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Pain
  • Communication
  • Nutrition
  • Reflective practice
  • Continuing professional development

This essential and practical resource also features learning objectives, case studies, a glossary of key terms, activities and multiple choice questions to assist you in your understanding of this subject.

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Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

1 Legal and Ethical Principles 1Joyce Smith

2 Infection Prevention 20Rachel Roberts

3 The Respiratory System 49Joyce Smith and Rachel Roberts

4 The Cardiovascular System 61Joyce Smith and Rachel Roberts

5 Temperature 82Rachel Roberts and Joyce Smith

6 Urine Output 96Rachel Roberts

7 Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign 115Rachel Roberts and Joyce Smith

8 Early Warning Scoring Tools 138Joyce Smith

9 Communication 156Rachel Roberts

10 Nutrition 167Rachel Roberts

11 Blood Glucose Monitoring 187Joyce Smith

12 Record Keeping 205Joyce Smith and Rachel Roberts

13 Continuing Professional Development 214Joyce Smith

14 Reflective Practice 222Rachel Roberts

15 Conclusion and Multiple Choice Questions 231Joyce Smith

Glossary of Terms 237

Answers to Practice Points and Multiple Choice Questions 245

Index 263

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Joyce Smith
Rachel Roberts
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